IN BRIEF - Investigation AP: frozen salmon go from North Korean to places like Walmart
Saturday, October 07, 2017
Have you bought any frozen fish from your supermarket recently?
You may not realize it, but you could be helping fund the North Korean government. Some of that frozen fish in your cart may have been processed by North Koreans working in Chinese factories.
It's illegal for an American company to import products made by North Korean workers anywhere in the world, but the connection with the Chinese companies was only recently uncovered by a team of investigative reporters from The Associated Press, who tracked the products from the factory to the freezer case.
"We found that packages of frozen salmon go from these factories where North Koreans work to places like Walmart," says Martha Mendoza, part of the AP's investigative team.
(ClientEarth) New fishing rules debated today in the European Parliament would be disastrous for fishing in the EU, because their lack of concrete targets and legal deadlines undermines efforts to make fisheries sustainable.
ClientEarth lawyer Flaminia Tacconi said: “The rules as they stand are catastrophic for industry and consumers. They miss a major opportunity to improve fisheries management and cut the impact of fishing on EU seas. Smaller fish will not be properly protected because of this vote, which could affect fish stocks in areas like the North Sea. MEPs have dodged their duty to make fisheries sustainable and to protect our seas.”
Technical measures govern where, when and how fishing can take place. These measures are essential to reducing the impact of fishing on stocks and ecosystems. If designed correctly, they should play a key role in achieving some of the main aims of the Common Fisheries Policy, including:
Restoring and maintaining fish populations above sustainable levels;
Managing fisheries using an ecosystem-based approach;
Minimising the impact of fisheries on the environment;
Cutting unwanted catches and getting rid of wasteful discards; and
Friend of the Sea and fair-fish international association have just been awarded a grant from the Open Philanthropy Project to promote animal welfare principles among Friend of the Sea’s aquaculture certified companies.
As part of the two-years project, the FishEthoBase-research team of fair-fish international will assess the welfare of fish on most of Friend of the Sea’s aquaculture certified companies bydirect observation of their current practices. Findings from these assessments will then be used to create farm-specific improvement recommendations and to develop animal welfare criteria for possible inclusion in Friend of the Sea’s standards. Additionally, Friend of the Sea and fair-fish plan to share their research through formal presentations at academic and industry conferences.
Bering Sea snow crab fishing was just getting underway, and the first deliveries were expected later this week, according to Ethan Nichols of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Unalaska/Dutch Harbor when the snow crab quota was cut back again this year by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. There is a reduced Bering Sea Tanner crab season, thanks to new rules allowing fishing when fewer female crustaceans are present. And small boats in the Unalaska Island area have a Tanner fishery for the first time in two years.
The Bering Sea opilio snow crab fishery was cut by 12 percent, with a quota of 18.9 million pounds, down from 21.6 million in the previous season.
The snow crab fishery has been in continuing decline for the past seven years, since 2007, said shellfish biologist Miranda Westphal, of ADF&G in Unalaska. Two years ago, during the 2015-16 season, it was 40.6 million pounds.
By Jim Paulin/thebristolbaytimes.com | Read full story here
Europe’s parliament will vote on Tuesday on the controversial issue of electric pulse fishing, in a debate that could decide the future of the fishing method.
The debate is crucial for the UK, despite Brexit, because the UK’s fleets have yet to decide whether to lobby the government post-Brexit for an expansion in pulse fishing. Tuesday’s debate and vote will give an indication of both current scientific advice on the issue, and the strength of public opinion.
But while several groups representing small-scale fishing fleets in the EU are lobbying for a previous ban on the method to be reinstated, the European commission is understood to be concerned that the controversy could derail other important reforms in the fisheries package before the parliament. This may encourage some MEPs to vote to allow the practice to continue.
Marine biologists have raised the urgency to improve global marine conservation and protection, citing possible food insecurity due to overfishing, environmental decay, and climate change.
“The world’s fish catch is declining,” internationally renowned fisheries scientist and University of British Columbia (UBC) professor Dr. Daniel Pauly warned in a forum at the Seda Vertis North Hotel the other day.
Oceana earlier recommended several measures for helping protect and conserve Philippine fishery resources.
Among the recommendations was issuing a Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-Department of Interior and Local Government joint administrative order enjoining LGUs and law enforcement agencies to enforce a total ban on using bottom trawls in municipal waters, bays, and other fishery management areas. At the same time, Oceana Philippines recommended providing displaced municipal fishers with legitimate fishing gears or alternative livelihood and credit opportunities.
The group said bottom trawls are highly efficient but damage the marine environment.
Oceana also recommended establishing a scientific advisory group that will review bottom trawls’ biological and environmental impacts.
The recommendations likewise include further studies on such gear’s impacts on areas where municipal and commercial trawls operate.
Minimizing bottom trawls’ damage will help increase fisheries productiv
The future of king salmon fishing in Southeast will change this week as the Board of Fisheries considers proposals to boost struggling Chinook stocks on the Chilkat and Taku rivers. The board convened in Sitka Thursday for a 13-day meeting that will resume Monday morning.
The meeting isn’t limited to king salmon. This year’s proposals cover everything from the number of crab pots a commercial Dungeness fisherman can use, to the use of deep-sea release mechanisms for rockfish and the opening of a commercial squid fishery.
Among the most consequential issues for Juneau-area fishermen are several proposals to boost struggling king salmon.
The number of spawning Chinook is at an all-time low on both the Chilkat and the Taku. That has led sport and commercial fishermen, as well as Alaska Department of Fish &Game, to call for a more conservative approach to management.
By KEVIN GULLUFSEN/Juneau Empire | Read full article here
Norway is the world’s top producer of farmed Atlantic salmon and Bergen-headquartered Marine Harvest is the world’s largest salmon farmer – but the company’s operations extend far beyond the cold, clear fjords of its homeland.
These days, Marine Harvest produces salmon in Canada, Chile, Scotland, Ireland and the Faroe Islands, as well as in Norway, and the €3.5 billion company has processing and sales offices throughout North America, Asia and Europe.
This far-flung network of business units, along with a pretty active acquisition strategy, could quickly lead to unnecessary complexity – a situation that the company is keen to avoid, according to Jørn Berg, group IT applications manager.
For that reason, Marine Harvest has been working with Infor for some years now on a strategy to establish standardized processes, underpinned by software, right across the 23-country, 10,000-employee business.
By Jessica Twentyman/diginomica.com | Read full article here
Global harvest volumes for farmed salmon will see moderate growth this year, with supply from traditional and non-conventional sources including land-based salmon farming contributing to that growth, says an analyst.
In 2016, global harvest volumes fell 7 percent due to biological challenges in the main salmon farming regions — Norway and Chile — which faced sea lice and algal bloom problems, respectively, said Tone Bjorstad Hanstad, equity research analyst at Norwegian investment bank DNB Markets.
Handstad said the moderate-growth expectation is also due to the continued reluctance of governments in allowing too much growth.
Norway and Chile account for 75 percent of global farmed salmon supply.
by Liza Mayer/aquaculturenorthamerica.com | Read full story here
Brussels and UK dispute over fishing quotas United Kingdom
Brussels is preparing to face any attempt by the UK Government to renegotiate fishing quotas in British waters during the two-year transition period after Brexit.